Our monthly selection of the best articles on Latin America from around the internet.
1) Exclusive: Secret Cables Reveal Britain Interfered with Elections in Chile (John McEvoy/Declassified UK)
Declassified Foreign Office files show that Britain conducted a covert propaganda offensive to stop Chilean leader Salvador Allende winning two democratic presidential elections – and helped prepare the ground for General Augusto Pinochet’s brutal military regime.
2) Colombians Take On Their Militarized Police (Christina Noriega/The Nation)
The police killing of an unarmed civilian in Bogotá has brought a new scrutiny to police violence in the country.
3) Six years after the Ayotzinapa disappearances, families continue to demand justice (Tanya Wadhwa/People’s Dispatch)
This September 26 marks the sixth anniversary of the forced disappearance of 43 students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College in the town of Ayotzinapa, Mexico. The tragic anniversary also marks six years of the absence of justice and serves as a reminder of the impunity enjoyed by various politicians and officials of security forces involved in the case.
4) Medical Workers of Conviction: Speaking to Cuban Doctors Who Heal the World (Vijay Prashad/Monthly Review)
In 2004, Dr. José Armando Arronte Villamarín was posted to head a Cuban medical brigade in Namibia. Cuban medical personnel first came to southwest Africa in 1975 alongside Cuban soldiers; the soldiers had arrived there to assist the South West African People’s Organization (SWAPO) in the fight for the liberation of Namibia from the apartheid South African military.
5) How a Canadian Mining Company Infiltrated the Guatemalan State (Max Binks-Collier/The Intercept)
It was often when Rosa Elbira Coc Ich was cooking lunch in the communal outdoor kitchen of lote ocho, a village in Guatemala, that the helicopters would fly overhead, the gusts of air from their deafening rotor blades scattering her tomatoes, beans, herbs, and tortillas over the reddish-brown soil. the helicopters would hover just above the village huts, billowing up clouds of dust and dirt and blowing some of the iron sheets and palm-leaf thatching that served as roofs onto the ground.
6) Bolsonaro — the new Jim Jones (Jan Rocha/Latin America Bureau)
For the great denier, neither the pandemic nor the fires in the Amazon are happening. Jim Jones was an American preacher who in 1978 led thousands of his followers to move from the USA to Guyana and then commit mass suicide by drinking cyanide-laced Kool aid.
7) Paraguay’s pandemic response fails Indigenous communities (William Costa/Toward Freedom)
As the heat of another hot day of the unpredictable Paraguayan winter subsides, groups of women and girls in long, multicoloured skirts emerge into the open spaces of the Maká Indigenous community known as Nueva Colonia, in the city of Mariano Roque Alonso, just outside the Paraguayan capital Asunción.
8) The Revolutionary Life of Salvador Allende’s Daughter Beatriz Allende (Tanya Harmer/Jacobin)
Women revolutionaries are routinely obscured by the history books. But a new biography of Beatriz Allende — daughter and close confidante of Salvador Allende, and internationalist militant — helps shine a light on what it meant to be a woman revolutionary in the age of Che Guevara.
9) As Venezuela Foils CIA “Terror Plot” Pompeo Tours Its Neighbors To Talk Regime Change (Alan Macleod/The GrayZone)
The State Department’s silence has been deafening following the arrest of a US citizen and former CIA operative allegedly caught plotting an on a Venezuelan oil refinery.
The Devil’s Mine (Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani, 2006)
The story of 14-year-old Basilio Vargas and his 12-year-old brother Bernardino, who work in the ancient Cerro Rico silver mines of Bolivia. It is believed that over eight million workers have perished in the mines since the 16th century.